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All Wales U3A Conference 2018 - Learning Together

A hundred members gathered at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, with most groups in Wales being represented. There was a real buzz as we heard how Welsh U3As are working with each other and with their communities.

We were delighted to have with us U3A National Chairman, Pam Jones, South West Regional Trustee Jill Nicholls and Iwan Williams from Ageing Well in Wales. But this was truly a members’ conference, with members themselves speaking about their activities.

Shared Learning Project Co-ordinator, Sue Shannon-jones told us about SLPs. The Subject Advisers for both Creative Writing - Marcia Humphries, - and Welsh - Gareth Williams, - are based in Wales and outlined their roles, which extend throughout the UK. Carol Loughlin told us about Network Link and the benefits of Networks generally. Members spoke about being Trust Volunteers and of links formed with communities, schools and universities.

After lunch, Stuart Murray brought us up to date on the Wales Coastline and Borders Project. He had put together a professional-looking exhibition of work already produced by some of our U3As. Discussion time was given to how we could best use the material at the end of the Coastline and Borders Celebration.

This was a day of learning together from each other. So much came out of the talks and discussion groups that delegates had a whole range of ideas to take back to their own U3As.

Conference material to download:

U3A 2018 Short Story Competition

Details are now available for this year's popular competition. As in previous years, entries are invited in three categories: stories in English; in Welsh by a Welsh learner; and in Welsh by first language Welsh speaker. Entries must be received by 31st August 2018.

Available to download are:

U3A Welsh Open Table Tennis Championships 2018

table tennis image The Championship is back by popular demand! All U3As are invited to enter teams.
It will be held at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Tuesday 26th June 2018.

Download the Table Tennis Entry Form The closing date for entries is 15th June 2018.

U3A Trustee for Wales

Hilary Jones, the current Trustee for Wales, writes ...

Hilary Jones My 3 years as Regional Trustee comes to an end in August this year. It is a role I have loved. I have met so many great people and seen the wonderful things our Welsh U3As do and achieve.

Although the EGM on March 21st ratified the option to stay on as Trustee for another year – I will be standing down as I have been asked if I would stand for National Vice Chairman and I have said yes.

We therefore need to find a new Regional Trustee for Wales. If you know of anyone who might be interested in taking on this role please could you let me know. I would be happy to explain more about what is involved. As nomination papers will be sent out to U3As soon – I need to have any names by the end of April please.

It is important that Wales continues to have representation on the NEC. It does involve some time and effort – but it is not arduous and there are so many rewards. I would appreciate your support in finding a successor.

Wales Coastline and Border Celebration

Llanddwyn looking across to Snowdonia Download the latest updates on the project (see below) for lot of ideas for how your U3A can get involved.

If you would be interested in helping develop or contribute to the Coastline and Border Celebration during 2018 please contact (a Flintshire U3A member).

For more details see the Wales Coastline and Border Celebration page.

Latest newsletters from Wales U3As

Cardiff NewsletterCardigan NewsletterChepstow Newsletter
Flintshire NewsletterLlandrindod NewsletterPorthmadog Newsletter
Ruthin NewsletterTorfaen NewsletterWrexham Newsletter
Monmouth Annual Magazine

Would you like to have your newsletter included here? Please contact the Wales website Editor.

Shared Learning Projects

Sue Shannon-Jones has taken on the role of Shared Learning Project Coordinator for South Wales. If you are currently involved in a Shared Learning Project, or have an idea for one, please let her know. Click on Shared Learning Project if you want to set up a Shared Learning Project or you want to contact her or just want further information.